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She was the one who put a 14-year-old Little Richard Penniman on stage for the first time, and Little Richard's life was never the same. Although it rained during the ceremony, not even a single fan left the arena.

Jon Bon Jovi, who gave a 20-minute speech onstage, said he has been writing his Rock Hall speech for years.

Then, with former guitarist Richie Sambora reuniting for the event, the band ripped into "You Give Love A Bad Name".

Illsley thanked the entire band and described the group as "a collective, a brotherhood".

The 33rd annual Rock Hall four-hour plus ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66.

Radio superstar Howard Stern inducted the band with an irreverent, profanity-laced speech and also led the crowd in singing "Wanted Dead Or Alive", one of Bon Jovi's biggest hits that helped them sell 130 million albums.

"Pay some rock "n" roll respect.to the eternal Tom Petty", frontman Brandon Flowers said, as photos of Petty were displayed in the background.

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Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Induction Ceremony proved that perseverance and commitment matter much more than a one-off hit song. The new song offered the band an opportunity to present a unified front: Sambora, playing the track live for the first time, shared a microphone with Jon Bon Jovi. Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also are being enshrined.

The original line-up of the band, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, and Hugh McDonald all took to the stage in Cleveland to accept the accolade, which they finally received in their 10th year of eligibility.

The most unexpected source of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama this year came from various Dire Straits members, with half of the chaps ultimately choosing to avoid the ceremony for inexplicable reasons.

With the much-publicised non-appearance of former Dire Straits frontman and songwriter Mark Knopfler, and the unusual absence of a fellow artist to introduce them, it fell on his former bandmate and longtime friend John Illsley to induct the group himself.

Other highlights from the star-studded evening included Heart's Ann Wilson inducting the Moody Blues into the Rock Hall. The band will be inducted by Howard Stern. His fellow bandmates, keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, followed with short and charming speeches of their own, but not before Illsley tried to clear the air about Mark's absence - which he previously said boiled down to Mark just not feeling like attending. Blige inducted Simone, calling the singer "bold, strong, feisty and fearless".


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